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Crap Shoot
New Mexico's multimillion-dollar bet on legal gambling

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Last Call
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The Songs of the Land
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Editor's Note
Desert Diary

Theatre Festival
Cowboy Exhibit
Top 10

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Ramblin' Outdoors
40 Days & 40 Nights
Guides to Go
Henry Lightcap's Journal
Continental Divide

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Diana Ingalls Leyba
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Body, Mind & Spirit
The Change We Need
Coping or Healing?

Red or Green
Dining Guide
Mimbres Valley Café
Table Talk

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  D e s e r t   E x p o s u r e   January 2009

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The Tumbleweeds Top 10


Who and what's been making news from New Mexico this past month, as measured by mentions in Google News (news.google.com), which tracks 4,500 worldwide news sources (trends noted are vs. last month's total hits; * indicates new to the list). Number in parenthesis indicates last month's Top 10 rank. We ring in the New Year anticipating a change in Santa Fe as (possibly rocky?) confirmation hearings await Gov. Bill Richardson.


  1. (1) Gov. Bill Richardson — 10,961 hits (down)
  2. (8) Virgin Galactic — 358 hits (up)
  3. (6) Gov. Bill Richardson + secretary of commerce — 348 hits (up)
  4. (7) Sen. Jeff Bingaman — 159 hits (down)
  5. (10) Lt. Gov. Diane Denish — 116 hits (up)
  6. (-) Spaceport America — 75 hits (up)
  7. (4) Outgoing Sen. Pete Domenici — 74 hits (down)
  8. (-) New Mexico spaceport — 64 hits (up)
  9. (3) Incoming US Sen. Tom Udall — 61 hits (down)
  10. (-) New Mexico Border Patrol — 44 hits (down)



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